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Viktor Blom Wins PokerStars SCOOP Main Event

A total of 580 players registered for the $10,300 buy-in Main Event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and there were some really big names battling at the final table for the lion’s share of the $5.8 million prize-pool –which easily exceeded the $4 million guarantee. While not as big as the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) the SCOOP series has proven to be a very popular tournament series, with players able to play at a variety of different buy-in levels, as each SCOOP tournament has a low, medium, and high buy-in version.

The two biggest names fighting for the SCOOP Main Event-H title were chip-leader Noah Boeken, and former Team PokerStars Pro and current Team Full Tilt Poker Pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. But not to be outdone was Mike Telker, who finished fourth in the 2012 SCOOP Main Event, and was now making history, appearing at back-to-back SCOOP Main Event final tables.

Boeken was coming into the tournament on a bit of a heater, having won SCOOP Event #13-H a Heads-Up PLO tournament, and by the time the final table rolled around Boeken had built up a commanding chip-lead. Here is a look at the chip-counts and seating assignments heading into the final table:

  • Seat 1: Amadi_017 (United Kingdom) — 423,455
  • Seat 2: Sergio “zcedrick” Aido (United Kingdom) — 1,299,847
  • Seat 3: Mike “munchenHB” Telker (Cyprus) — 1,629,266
  • Seat 4: cmontopdeck (United Kingdom) — 661,773
  • Seat 5: Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (Netherlands) — 2,397,709
  • Seat 6: leshkaGmBlZ (Russia) — 375,703
  • Seat 7: w4ldo (Germany) — 699,434
  • Seat 8: Ravi “govshark2″ Raghavan (Canada) — 387,291
  • Seat 9: Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom (United Kingdom) — 825,522

In the end it would be Boeken and Blom who would battle for the title (Telker matched his finish in 2012, 4th place, but sans the 6-way deal from 2012 he “only” pocketed $446k this time around) with Boeken holding a 3-1 chip-lead over the talented young Swede. Still, Blom had a stack of over 60 Big Blinds at the start of heads-up play, and he is considered one of the top heads-up players in the game, so it came as no surprise when Blom erased the deficit, and eventually eliminated Boeken when he flopped the nut-straight with Boeken holding a useless top-pair.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the SCOOP Main Event-H:

  1. Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom (United Kingdom) $1,096,200
  2. Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (Netherlands) $803,300
  3. cmontopdeck (United Kingdom) $591,600
  4. Mike “munchenHB” Telker (Cyprus) $446,600
  5. Sergio “zcedrick” Aido (United Kingdom) $313,200
  6. Ravi “govshark2″ Raghavan (Canada) $246,500
  7. w4ldo (Germany) $188,500
  8. leshkaGmBlZ (Russia) $130,500
  9. Amadi_017 (United Kingdom) $88,740

Amazingly there was no final table deal this year, which is extremely rare in these massive online tournaments. Last year’s SCOOP final table saw a 6-handed deal struck, and similar multi-player deals are the norm in the multi-million SCOOP events, WCOOP events, Sunday Million tournaments, and elsewhere across the Internet. Avail the newest bonus options today for online gaming. Try Titan Poker Rakeback!

Resources: http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/scoop/2013/scoop-2013-viktor-isildur1-blom-bests-bo-137930.html

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